Egg In A Squash Hole

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Some chefs will tell you that presentation is everything.

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Well that’s not exactly true.

Although it is true that we eat with our eyes first, it’s really all about the taste.

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For instance, here’s a dish with a great presentation (that takes no time at all!)…

But more importantly it has crazy delicious flavor—sweet squash, creamy eggs, smoky bacon, gooey syrup, and a little kick!

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Every time I eat this dish I am blown away by how good it is.

It’s amazing how seven ingredients—including an egg nestled in a slab of squash—can turn into your new favorite meal.

Egg in a Squash Hole

servings: 4


  • 1 acorn squash, ends removed, sliced into four ½- to ¾-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ + ¼ + ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs (small, medium, or large only)
  • 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 4 mission figs
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush both sides of the squash slices with the oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the squash with ½ teaspoon of the salt and the pepper and bake it until it is tender--about 15 minutes. Remove from the squash from the oven, crack the eggs into the middle of each squash, and sprinkle the eggs with ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Return the squash to the oven and bake it until the eggs are set--12 to 15 minutes.
  2. While the eggs are cooking in the squash, make the maple bacon figs. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the bacon and cook it until crispy--about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the bacon fat in the pan. Add the figs to the pan along with the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of the salt and cook until the figs are brown and tender--about 5 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute more. Then add the bacon back to the pan, reserving some for a garnish.
  3. Top each of the eggs in a squash with equal amounts of the maple bacon figs and sprinkle with the mint. Serve immediately.


  • Depending on the depth of the squash slices, some eggs like jumbo- or extra large-sized may spill over the sides of the squash.
  • The mint is a nice touch, but can be left off the dish.
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